2018.10.23 DIY nets

I intend to live with zero waste as soon as possible. We have written more about the amount of waste over here in Spain. It’s one of my main concerns – the way people treat the single use of plastic.

We are so happy with the local ecological shop owned by Sebastian, who is very willing to find ways to reduce the package use. He collects empty glass bottles and jars. For example to put the dates and the nuts in. And he doesn’t use plastic bags but paper ones.

And now I have found a way to replace the paper bags. I read this tip in the Zero Waste Holland Facebook group. From very thin cotton thread I crocheted nets in different sizes. Each net weighs 3 to 4 gram. For comparison: a paper bag that can contain the same amount of fruit weighs 8 to 10 gram.
So I don’t just skip the single use of packaging, but am more economic with the weight as well.

I am in the process of making a blog post with the manual of these nets. Keep you posted!


2018.09.23 A cloud of dust

Some things over here are still old fashioned. At a regular basis we encounter a livestock of either sheep or goats. The shepherds wander around the villages and the agricultural terrains.

I am not sure though you could call this type of old-fashioned-ness ecological. Given all the plastic and asbestos that is lying around I doubt there doesn’t end some up in the animals’ stomach.

I am happy we don’t eat meat. But as an image it’s quite romantic, don’t you think?



2018.07.28 Gazpacho

This is gazpacho, a typical Spanish cold soup. It’s from Don Simon, a well known brand in Spain. This gazpacho is ecological, most products of Don Simon are not. So we are lucky.

This gazpacho is one of the few we really like. Of course because it’s ecológico. But also because it contains only a little bit of salt and it’s not very oily. I always put in a little fresh cucumber which makes it extra tasty. Try it, and let us know if you like it.


2018.05.16 Natural Verdiana

This is Sebastian Cuny. A Frenchman who lives already for 14 years in Spain. Together with his family he runs two tiendas (shops) of ecological and regional products: Natural Verdiana. One in Alhama de Murcia and the other in the Plaza de Abastos in Puerto de Mazarrón. The one where we now buy fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables.

In The Netherlands we were members of ODIN (unfortunately they only have a website in the Dutch language). A cooperation of producers, processors, distributors, shopkeepers, consumers and financers. We bought almost all of our daily shopping there. We are very happy to have found an alternative so close by.


2018.04.11 Supeco

Actually this is the wrong picture. Here it’s at once obvious what Supeco stands for: a super economic supermarket. They claim that everything they sell, is cheaper than anywhere else. This is not easy to find out, because in Spain there are on average 3 supermarkets per 1000 inhabitants.

But what triggered our attention to the Supeco was a billboard on which it wasn’t so obvious that it was about economics. Supeco could also be understood as ‘super ecologic’.

Well, we went inside after this lady, walked through the ‘supermarket’ – which looks like a storeroom – and there was not a single ecological product to be found. At least not with the claim ‘ecologic’. Because who says a product is or isn’t ecologic? A question which we will address in another issue of this 365-project.


2018.03.09 Hula dancers

The parasols look different on each beach we visit. Sometimes they’re of cloth, more often they’re of some natural material. These ones look like hula dancers to me.

As you can see the beach is still full of debris. And I don’t expect it to be cleaned in the near future, because the weather predictions are again very bad. Storm Felix is on its way.

That is why we spend all morning outside. Walking the boulevards in Mezquitillas and Algarrobo-Costa. And discovering an ecological market near an ecological restaurant. Market is a bit of a big word for 3 stalls, but I don’t know how else to call it.

We bought fruits and vegetables from the Spanish Dutchspeaking woman we allready met before. And lovely sugarless pastries from a nice Spanish girl who did her utmost best to speak English. Combined with our efforts to speak Spanish, we understood each other perfectly.


2018.02.24 Ecological Spain

An acquaintance told me about a daily newsletter with items about the region: DigameXtra. And in that newsletter was an announcement of a weekly ecological market nearby. Finally we found biological/ecological food!

This morning we went there. It wasn’t quite what I expected. I visioned a market with lots of stalls, row after row. Like the usual markets are. It is way smaller than that. But nevertheless there are enough products to choose from and it is very cosy.

We started walking past the displayed vegetables and pots. At the last table – Ecologicos Axarquia – we were greeted enthusiastically by a Spanish lady who spoke fluent Dutch. What a surprise. It turned out her husband is Dutch. No wonder.

We left the market with our hands full. Vegetables, herbs, empanadillas, wine and some fruit. Oh, and chocolate. Mmmm.